A Postwoman’s Life Story
Mimosa Jovanovska seems like any ordinary woman, mother, wife that pleasantly greets you with a smile whenever you meet her on the street. She is just an ordinary 48-year old postwoman from Skopje, Macedonia, married with two beautiful young children, with all her housewife obligations. However, the reason we chose Mimosa for this topic is her struggle with cancer. She fights cancer for 4 years after being diagnosed with the disease in April 2011.
Getting a job in Macedonia Postal Services in the late 90s wasn’t the easiest challenge she ever faced. To get a state job in just a newborn republic in the process of transition meant a real success. She safely started to lead a family life quickly after employment. The comfort zone we create around us, those of us who have the possibility of robust earnings and a close contact with a source of practical resources that make our life better, eventually limits us and makes us vulnerable to certain consequences.
Mimosa, who until then used the public city transport, was able to purchase her own vehicle. The new car significantly simplified her work, but limited her physical activity on a daily basis – walking. Her weight increased, she was catching colds more often and started having problems with her hormonal balance. A law on an annually systematic review of her health obliged her. The date was April 12, 2011, the day when a doctor, driven from the results of her blood analysis, recommend her to do a mammography. After a week, Mimosa was diagnosed with malignant cancer on the left breast in the second degree.
This insight didn’t discourage this woman, who had just got out of menopause. The fact that she loves life and her two children made her boldly acknowledge her new condition. In addition, she was told that the tumor is small and that is quite a bit engulfed by lymph nodes so she opted for partial mastectomy that left her tumor free and without a small portion of breast tissue. Immediately afterwards she started radiotherapy and chemotherapy in order to preserve her health.
Her elder son, Stefan, informing himself on the Internet, about his mother’s condition, stumbled upon this remarkable research. He persuaded his mother to change her lifestyle and Mimosa got rid of her Ford Focus the very next day. Started a new diet and turned her work routine into a real physical challenge. Every day, she walked on foot to work, back and forth. She even rejected the official vehicle and started distributing envelopes by walking. “My superiors gladly accepted the proposal to work 10 hours a day. I simply needed that. I started feeling good by walking and got all the support from colleagues at work and my loved ones.”
Employees at the US Embassy in Skopje, which was part on her daily rout, knew her well and were very happy when she visited. “We were really worried when Mimosa began losing her hair. Now that has changed. She is back in shape and we rejoice for her successful recovery,” said Matt Jones, one of the security at the embassy.
Today, four years later, she successfully follows her new lifestyle. Her example proves the fact that walking significantly improves health and affects the fight against breast cancer. Mimosa message is “Do not wait. Your life depends on the choices you make every day.”
Check the story in Macedonian here.